23 May 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose wonder why we can’t make draws easier to read on mobile devices and then take a big picture look at the draws, wondering if Andy Murray’s draw is hilariously easy, if Djokovic/Nadal is eminent, and what to make of a wild grab bag of a women’s draw sans Sharapova. All that and so much more on this week’s Mind The Racket Podcast!

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Episode 14 – Madrid Madness

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10 May 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose talk about the madness in Madrid including Simona Halep’s emergence from the great draw implosion (and Sorana Cirstea’s return), the always bizarre match-up between Djokovic and Murray, reasonable expectations for Novak and so, so much more in this week’s Mind The Racket Podcast!

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Episode 13 – Monte Carlo Wrap

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18 Apr 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose discuss why the clay season rules, Rafael Nadal’s return to the top of the Masters heap, Andy Murray’s never ending monologue, Novak Djokovic’s bizarre upset and so much more in this week’s Mind The Racket podcast!

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Episode 12 – Miami Wrap

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4 Apr 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose break down the ATP Miami final and take a big picture look at both tours including the ATP’s age gaps, whether Djokovic has reached Federer level of dominance and why Victoria Azarenka is good for the WTA. All that and so much more on this week’s Mind The Racket podcast!

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Episode 11 – Indian Wells Wrap

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21 Mar 2016
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Brodie and Juan Jose discuss a wild Indian Wells tournament including Azarenka’s big win, Djokovic’s dominance, Raonic’s continuing success in 2016 and Raymond Moore’s moronic comments that made the whole finals Sunday a bit odd.

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17 Mar 2016

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It’s been a bad year for Simona Halep. No, it’s been a very bad year for Simona Halep.

Losing in the first round of the Australian Open, the Romanian announced she was having a “nose issue“. In fact, it was a deviated septum – in other words a misalignment of stuff in your head – that was causing her ongoing sinus infections that were making her sick. Despite taking antibiotics to deal with it, it would be much easier to just get surgery and fix her head in order to keep the infections away permanently.

Weirdly, she then changed her mind and played both Doha and Dubai, doing pretty terribly in both. She still hasn’t had surgery or missed time, which has been perplexing for most fans. Reasonably, expectations for Halep had to be low going into Indian Wells.

The good news is, misaligned infected head zombie Simona has risen from the dead and can play some tennis. Beating Makarova in the third round was a fantastic win for her, and a match I thought her likely to lose. After Strycova retired down a set in their fourth round match, she had the unlucky fortune of playing Serena Williams next.
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11 Mar 2016

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Juan Martin Del Potro is back, and it feels for real now. It’s easy to forget just how good the big man was.

To kick off his second tournament back, Delpo took on American Tim Smyczek and didn’t disappoint under the night time lights at Indian Wells. The most impressive thing to witness was of course his forehand. It remains one of the most bludgeoning, brutal shots we’ve ever seen and the signature walloping thump that erupts off the racquet remains in tact.

At his peak, Delpo was more than just a mindless basher – he was a shot maker. And he looks capable of making some significant shots off of that forehand wing. Several times he dug out low balls in the middle of the court and hit them inside out, spinning the ball to the opposite wide line to win a point or force his opponent wildly out of position. It’s a shot Del Potro has made his own over the years. It’s an incredibly difficult shot to pull off, but one he has always been able to rip thanks to his long reach down toward the court and his strength to put enough spin on the ball to keep it in.
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9 Mar 2016

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Indian Wells! Warm weather! Writing! Oh March, you are a magical time. Let’s do this.

Top Half – Serena’s Quarter

Fresh off some shenanigans in New York, Serena will join her sister in Indian Wells for the first time in an eternity. Unfortunately, she’ll also join her sister in the same quarter (though not eighth) of the draw. A zoomed out view shows Halep as a possible quarterfinalist, and not many other threats.

The conditions in Indian Wells are always interesting and many players have commented in the past on the differences between IW and Miami, particularly the humidity. The ball zips through the Californian air pretty quickly, but these are typically slower, higher bouncing hard courts and it can all play a bit weird especially if the wind picks up. Are these weird conditions enough to help a player such as Kiki Mladenovic get a win? Probably not, but it could make things interesting.
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4 Feb 2016

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Juan Martin Del Potro is back! Delpo makes his return at Delray Beach this spring, and for Throwback Thursday, I take a look at his incredible 2009 US Open victory over Federer.

This match was one of the greatest slam finals of time. The quality, the drama, and where this match sits in my personal tennis history make it probably my favourite match of all time. I remember it vividly, and that’s because in part I later downloaded the match and watched it again in full another three times in the years that followed.
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1 Feb 2016
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Brodie and Juan Jose discuss the amazing Kerber upset and what she did well to win her first slam. They also discuss the impressive changes in Raonic’s game, Andy Murray’s endless self babbling and Djokovic’s continuing excellent form.

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